Obama Nation author Jerome Corsi's reported cancellation of a scheduled appearance on the "pro-White" radio show Political Cesspool because of a change in "travel plans" raises questions, including why he has previously appeared on the "pro-White" radio show, why he was scheduled to appear again, whether he intends to reschedule, and whether he is willing to publicly condemn the show.
As Media Matters for America and the Southern Poverty Law Center's Hatewatch blog have noted, Obama Nation author Jerome Corsi was reportedly scheduled to appear on the August 17 edition of The Political Cesspool Radio Show, a program whose "Statement of Principles" asserts that it "represent[s] a philosophy that is pro-White." Corsi had appeared on the July 20 edition of the show, in which he promoted his then-forthcoming book The Obama Nation and criticized Sen. Barack Obama. However, according to a post on Political Cesspool host James Edwards' blog, "Corsi, who had confirmed his appearance on today's Political Cesspool broadcast even after the recent media firestorm erupted, had his publicist send us an email canceling his appearance, which we received only a few minutes before his segment was scheduled to start. This is the only information we received, in the subject line: we need to cancel for tonight travel plans have changed." Corsi's reported statement that he cancelled the August 17 appearance because of a change in "travel plans" raises the following questions:
- Edwards claimed that Corsi "confirmed his appearance on today's Political Cesspool broadcast even after the recent media firestorm erupted." Given that Corsi has sought to distance himself from what Media Matters for America Senior Fellow Paul Waldman recently described as a "series of bigoted and hateful posts" Corsi wrote during 2001 to 2004 on FreeRepublic.com's online forums, why was Corsi reportedly planning to appear -- for at least the second time -- on a "pro-White" radio show?
- If Corsi simply cancelled the reportedly scheduled August 17 appearance because of a change in travel plans, does he intend to reschedule and appear on the "pro-White" program at a later date?
- If Corsi did not actually cancel his reportedly scheduled appearance because of a change in travel plans, but rather because of increasing media scrutiny of the show, is he willing to publicly condemn it?
As Media Matters has documented, according to its "Statement of Principles," Political Cesspool "represent[s] a philosophy that is pro-White" and "heartily endorse[s] and accept[s] as our own, the founding tenets of the Council of Conservative Citizens [CCC]." According to a Fall 2007 article in the Southern Poverty Law Center's Intelligence Report, " 'The Political Cesspool' in the past two years has become the primary radio nexus of hate in America." Media Matters has documented numerous statements by Edwards on his blog that echo Political Cesspool's statement of principles, as well as his statement that "[i]nterracial sex is white genocide."
Media Matters has noted that Corsi's July 20 appearance was streamed "Live" on the self-described "White Nationalist" and "White Pride" website Stormfront.org. Edwards has stated on his blog that Political Cesspool is "in syndication" with Stormfront, which The Washington Post described as "a central meeting place for the white power movement" in a June 22 article about "an increase in racist and white supremacist activity" surrounding Obama. Prior to Corsi's appearance on the July 20 broadcast, Edwards claimed that "most Jews ... regard Jews and whites as two different races," and co-host Winston Smith repeatedly referred to Obama as a "mulatto." The August 17 edition of Political Cesspool was also streamed live on Stormfront. From Stormfront.org, accessed at 5:30 p.m. ET on August 17: